Archive for the ‘Industry Expert’ Category

Cloudbook Profiles JDA and Layered Tech

April 20, 2011

Cloudbook, an independent authority and educational resource for cloud computing, recently published an in-depth look at JDA’s process of evaluating and selecting a private cloud provider.

With the help of consultants from Burstorm, JDA — the leading supply chain solutions company — met the challenge of finding a flexible cloud provider who could help consolidate 1 million users from over 100 countries into a single hosted cloud environment.

View the videos and read the article over at Cloudbook to learn why Joe King, SVP of JDA Managed Services, selected Layered Tech to help migrate JDA’s mission-critical managed services to the cloud.  This is an interesting read and an excellent insight into how a well-respected enterprise selected a private cloud provider.


Is Colocation Right for Your Business?

July 22, 2009

By Sam Bowley

A colocation facility is a type of communal datacenter.  Many businesses keep their own server and network infrastructure there, pooling their resources for better telecommunications with decreased costs.

How do you know if colocation is right for your business?  Consider these factors:

Network Availability – One of the primary benefits of colocation is uptime.  Uptime is ensured due to a series of redundant failsafes most businesses cannot afford to implement themselves.  For example, quality colocation facilities will have redundant utility power, air conditioning, generators, routers, and staff.  Should something catastrophic happen, these redundant systems would engage and the end consumers’ server and equipment would continue to function as if nothing happened.

Power – Most offices get their power from a local power company.  If they house many servers internally they might have a “backup” generator suitable for up to four hours.  A colocation datacenter will have access to multiple power sources or multiple grids.  Good colocation facilities will also have Prime Source generators and facility-wide uninterruptible power systems (UPS).  For an office to set up a power system comparable to a colocation facility would require the investment of several million dollars.

Cooling – Network equipment is not designed for exposure to long stretches of heat.  Colocation facilities have redundant cooling systems in place capable of keeping servers and equipment cool enough to run optimally.  Typical business offices are not built with air conditioning units strong enough to keep up with large server rooms.  Nor do they typically have redundant systems in place in case of failure or maintenance.

On-Site Help – Many of the best colocation facilities have staff on hand 24 x 7.  Much of this staff is highly qualified server and network developers.  They know how to help replacing failing hardware, upgrade servers, or work that most businesses can’t or don’t want to do.  Some colocation providers offer more managed services beyond just hardware replacement such as software patches and troubleshooting.  Many business will have an IT staff, but not usually 24 hours a day nor trained in all the different functions a colocation provider will have.

Network Speed – When a business begins to build their own internal infrastructure, generally they will get a bandwidth capacity they believe fills their need (their pipe).  For small businesses it might be a T3 (45 Megabits per second) or an OC3 for medium to large businesses (155 Mbps).  Usually there wouldn’t be redundancy for these pipes either.  Quality colocation facilities will have multiple pipes of substantially larger bandwidth capacity, say OC192 (10,000 Mbps).  For customers in a colocation facility like this, it means their websites and applications can operate at much higher speeds.  To put in an OC3 connection is tremendously expensive already, let alone have multiple larger pipes.

The Bottom Line
From a cost / benefit standpoint, colocation makes sense for many businesses.  The key is to look at your current infrastructure and consider what your needs will be in 6 months, 12 months, and 24 months.  Investing in colocation now provides you the flexibility to grow into those needs without huge capital requirements.

Layered Tech Participating in Federal Summit

May 5, 2009
Vivek Kundra, Federal CIO

Vivek Kundra, Federal CIO

The office of Vivek Kundra, President Obama’s new federal CIO, has requested Layered Tech to participate in a summit on cloud computing.  Along with a handful of other high-tech firms, Layered Tech will be in a roundtable discussion on the federal government’s potential adoption of cloud computing technologies.  The meeting is slated for May 6.

Windows OS in a Virtual Computing Environment

November 11, 2008

(11/10/2008) An Interview with HostReview and John Pozadzides, VP & CMO of Layered Tech

John Pozadzides, CMO, Layered Tech

John Pozadzides, CMO, LT

Recently Layered Tech announced it is the first hosting company to give enterprise customers the option of transferring their Microsoft Windows operating system (Windows OS) environment to an AppLogic-based cloud computing solution. Layered Tech will use 3Tera’s AppLogic 2.4 to enable customers to run their Windows OS platform in a virtual computing environment, which the company said will allow customers to have the same high-availability as their dedicated physical servers but with far more scalability, all for a fraction of the cost. Read Press Release >>

HostReview contacted the company to get more information about this development. In this executive interview, we talk to Mr. John Pozadzides, VP & CMO of Layered Tech >>


Does Layered Tech’s new offering — transfer to Windows OS environments to an AppLogic-based cloud computing platform, support the entire range of Microsoft server software?


Currently, the AppLogic platform will support 32 bit versions of Windows 2003 and 2008.  64 bit support is planned for future releases.


How do virtualization solutions from Layered Tech help enterprises cut costs?


Simplicity is one of keys to cost savings for our customers.  Running enterprise applications on The Grid Layer is actually far simpler than using traditional hardware because you do not need to deploy, configure or maintain actual physical or software resources.


When you run an application in the cloud on The Grid Layer, all of the infrastructure resources needed are assembled and configured automatically on demand.  When additional performance is required, it takes just minutes to increase the resources available to your application, resulting in optimum control and flexibility.  Accelerating application availability drives cost efficiencies.


In a more fundamental way, The Grid Layer eliminates the upfront server costs associated with traditional clustered server environments.  This server consolidation is a powerful driver of cost reduction for our customers, as well as the more traditional capital expense elimination achieved through our hosted virtualization environment.   


Are there other benefits in term of security and scalability?


On both the security and scalability fronts, our cloud computing offering, The Grid Layer, solves many of the early challenges faced by virtualization providers.  We have a powerful graphical configuration interface which enables users to create entire virtual infrastructures within the Grid, comprised of a wide range of devices including firewalls, load balancers and servers.  Switching, routing and monitoring are all built into the Grid as well as complete physical redundancy and RAID 1 network duplication of data across physical nodes.


Therefore, our approach provides complete redundancy within the system, with built-in monitoring and self-healing capabilities.  The Grid will restart any application running on a physical node that fails by moving it to a separate node within minutes.


The proven ability to scale a single client grid to well over 100 physical nodes means that even extremely large clients can obtain incredible resource density if required.  For example, a 100-node grid with quad core, dual processor nodes, each containing 1TB hard drives and 32GB of RAM would equate to 800 processor cores, 3.2TB of RAM and 100TB of storage space.


What are AppLogic’s strong points over other cloud computing solutions?


3tera’s breakthrough AppLogic technology packages the entire multi-tier application or service into a logical entity and manages it as a single system.  AppLogic is the first grid operating system that is designed for web applications and is optimized for transactional and I/O-intensive workloads.  It uses advanced virtualization technologies to ensure complete compatibility with existing operating systems, middleware and applications.  Additionally, off-the-shelf OS and applications are fully compatible within The Grid Layer (based on AppLogic).


Can you share with our readers some details about the hardware side of Layered Tech’s grid, such as number of datacenters and their geographic distribution?


Certainly.  We maintain a global presence with our data centers and network, serving thousands of clients internationally.  We currently have 8 purpose-built facilities located in the U.S., Amsterdam, Tokyo, and other locations.  These top-tier data centers are the cornerstones of our worldwide hosting capabilities and offer unparalleled security, network availability, capacity, processing power, and operations management.


What is the Early Adopter Program?


For our customers who are interested in migrating to a Windows environment on our Grid, we are offering special pricing and close support to incent and facilitate migration.  We intend to offer this program through Q1 2009. Contact us for details >>


Do you plan further developments in the areas of virtualization and cloud computing?


Listening to our customers means that we are constantly innovating new virtualization features and expanded cloud computing functionality.  We are committed to staying on the forefront of virtualization innovation, and make ongoing investments in research and development.  This is an exciting time in the hosted cloud computing industry, and we anticipate many more advances in how we provide enterprise-grade virtualization solutions.